20 Things We Don’t Need Anymore, Thanks To Modern Technology


Technology sure changes things.  Remember when we all used to own alarm clocks and day planners?  Well, those have effectively been put out of commission by smart phone technology.  Here are 20 things we don’t need anymore, thanks to modern technology.

1. Maps

Who uses maps anymore?  I mean, maps are big, cumbersome, confusing and rip easily.  This is something you would have used to get around in the 90’s.

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2. Walkman pockets

After walkmen became the biggest thing, coats started making places to put them, so you didn’t have to carry it.  If you see a coat with an MP3 pocket, it must be outdated because iPods have been around for a while now.

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3. Looking through the lens of a camcorder

Home movies were made by dad holding a giant camcorder to record Christmas mornings and the blowing out of birthday candles.  Where are those videos today?  Nobody knows.

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4. Disposable cameras

These were the wonderful cameras of your youth, when you first learned how to take a proper selfie, without seeing yourself in the frame first.

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5. Camera drop-off centers

You used to have to wait a week before seeing all the photos you took, or you had to pay more to see them in an hour.

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6. Car VCR’s

If you had one of these as a kid, you were seriously rich and seriously lucky.  The rest of us only dreamed about having such a wonderful luxury in the car.

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7. Paying an extra fee for bringing the video back late

Aren’t videos cool?  I mean, they’re like totally vintage now, which makes them cool.

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8. Looking up a number in the phone book

They don’t even print phone books anymore because Google’s got it covered.

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9. A caller ID machine

Once you got caller ID, you never picked up the phone until after checking to see who it was.

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10. A checkbook

Online banking is such a dream, isn’t it?

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11. Writing names and addresses down in an address book

Yep, can’t remember the last time I did that…

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12. Watching the TV guide roll around

You had to wait to see what was on your favorite channels and it could take a while to get to your favorite ones.

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13. Or marking shows in the printed TV guide

Streaming and DVR has really killed this.

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14. Waking up early to watch syndicated TV shows

All the oldies but goodies come on around 6am, in case you’re wondering.

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15. Waiting to use the phone

You couldn’t use the internet and phone at the same time back in the good old days.

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16. Flipping over a cassette tape

It would play one side and then you’d have to flip it over to hear the other side.  Do you have to do that with your iTunes?

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17. Burning a CD

Nobody needs a bunch of burned CD’s anymore.

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18. Rows upon rows of CD’s

Why go to the store to buy a whole CD when you could buy a single song that you want online?

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19. A GPS

Modern-day travelers use their smartphones and Google maps

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20. Or even printed Mapquest directions

Map quest was once your friend, but is now a thing of the past.

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